US on alert over fake passports issued by DAESH

US concerned by possible travelers with fake Syrian passports issued by DAESH

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

A US law enforcement official confirmed various media claims about a new intelligence report warning that the DAESH terrorist group can make fake passports since they are controlling Syrian administrative assets.

A United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement official confirmed a CNN report that DAESH has access to printing machines that can easily print blank passport books.

The source, alongside the report, stressed that DAESH may be controlling access to administration buildings in Syria, that can easily reach valid biographical data and fingerprint information on Syrian citizens.

The US State Department spokesman John Kirby said that government officials are “mindful” and aware of the situation that DAESH can make fake passports.

"We have been aware of reports, not just in the press, that they may have obtained this capability," he said, adding "Obviously, it's something that we take seriously. It's obviously something, clearly that we're mindful of."

Director of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) James Comey discussed the problem this week by saying, "The intelligence community is concerned that they have the ability, the capability to manufacture fraudulent passports, which is a concern in any setting.”

On the other hand, ABC News, which first reported the issue, said the report was sent by Homeland Security Investigations Agency last week, stressing that terrorists could travel to the US.

"Since more than 17 months passed since Raqqa and Deir Ezzor fell to ISIS [DAESH], it is possible that individuals from Syria with passports 'issued' in these ISIS [DAESH]-controlled cities or who had passport blanks, may have traveled to the US," the report says.

TRTWorld and agencies